Posted by: devinmoore | September 9, 2013

Ohio Game Dev Expo UPDATE!

Expo Pass $8, hope to see you all there.
Ohio Game Dev Expo
DATE CHANGE December 7, 2013
@ The Ohio Union, Columbus, OH

http://www.ohiogamedev.com

Also see us in the Columbus Alive http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2013/08/15/game-on-columbus-videogame-and-app-developers-make-up-part-of-the-citys-growing-tech-industry.html

Posted by: devinmoore | June 14, 2013

Tame The Flow Cover Artwork

Tame The Flow picture

Tame The Flow

My artwork on the cover of a great knowledge-work-productivity book https://leanpub.com/tame-the-flow

All my life, I have been told what would not be possible.  In the fifth grade, my best friend told me I’d never be a patent holder because “anything I could think of, people were already working on”.  Fast forward 20 years, I have two patent awards and a converyor belt more of them on the way thanks to Verizon.  If you ever had someone tell you that it is not possible to achieve a dream, I’m asking for your help.

Recently I was fortunate enough to meet a bunch of very talented people here locally who all want to make video games together.  We want to prove a point to the world that ”it can’t be done in Columbus” doesn’t exist.  Columbus Ohio is considered by some to be a football/cowtown, devoid of any entrepreneurial spirit.  I disagree, and if you are from a place like that, fighting the same uphill battle, I’m asking for your help.

Games are not just a hobby for me.  They’re not just an income source for me.  I don’t want to do this cause it’s the ‘cool’ thing to do.  For me, this is personal.  As a child, I had some hard times.  There were days when I had no place else to turn to.  When those days came, I knew I could count on games for a reason to keep going.  I need to be sure that any other kid going through that has the kind of games I had available to them.  That’s why I need to make games.  If you ever experienced this from a game, I’m asking for your help.

Help us get this project on the map, help us make a statement that the internet really is the great equalizer, help us claim a small space in the industry and we will repay the favor with games that make you feel like an 8 year old who found a place he can call home, who found people he can call friends.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/multivariousgames/dangerous-0?ref=email

Posted by: devinmoore | November 5, 2011

Dream Escape Post Mortem

Dream Escape, it was originally supposed to be an LD game but it ended up taking too long for reasons outlined herein. Written from scratch in Java, I built a framework that allows flash-like recording of paths and associations with a set of images to create animations. The animations are controlled via time, key presses and mouse clicks, and recorded with another Java tool I wrote to record mouse gestures. The animations can all run independently and trigger each other based on the state of the game and other in-game eventgs and/or animations. Each level can be loaded independent of the tiny game container, which allows for easy porting to browser applet vs. desktop. Even though the 1-level demo is simple and the drawings crude, the engine driving it will help me quickly realize other game ideas. I believe this took just over 48 hours total but I never could have done it 48 hrs in a row, it ended up being in blocks of 4-8 hours at a time over the course of a week.

Posted by: devinmoore | November 6, 2010

How to: fix daylight savings time

If we are moving the time from one hour forward to one hour back, the only sensible conclusion is that the correct time is in between. Set the official time to 30 minutes ahead/back and just leave it there for good.

Posted by: devinmoore | October 31, 2010

How-to: fix a Mortgage/Foreclosure Crisis

1. Buy up all of the mortgaged/foreclosed houses.
2. If a family was going to lose their home, rent it back to them at a price they can afford. The good PR will make up for your direct financial loss.
3. Take all of the properties off the market.
4. Maintain them until the market for new homes price-corrects due to the now absent foreclosed homes depressing the prices.
5. Slowly add back homes for sale at fair market prices. Over the course of many years, you resolve the crisis and make a healthy profit, and the only real cost is a large up-front investment.

Posted by: devinmoore | October 27, 2010

Antique Lap Desk DIY

If you want to make your own lap desk, I highly recommend one of the following dimensions. Listed below are the specs of my grandfather’s lap desk, which transforms a 3/8″ piece of plywood and a chair with arms into a very functional desk, much more so than even the best kidney bean lap desks I’ve used. It’s best asset is that it doesn’t have an attached pillow, making it much easier to store vertically.

units: inches

a: 20     b:11     c:17     d:5.5     e:35     f: 3.5 radius   g:2 radius  h: 1 diameter (expand as needed for cables, use to carry with thumb)

 


 

Posted by: devinmoore | September 7, 2010

The Internet License Test

License version 9.8.10

This is the unofficial licensing test for using the Internet. If you pass this test with 100% right, you have an unofficial license to operate the Internet for consumer purposes. If you cannot pass this test with 100% right, you need to seek technical assistance to use the Internet and you should NOT use it without having someone present who did pass this test with 100% right to help prevent you from doing something that is potentially harmful to yourself, your system, or to others and their systems.

0. What is the minimum legal age in the USA to be able to use most of the Internet by yourself?

a. 10
b. 13
c. 16
d. 18

1. When you need to know how to do something, what do you do first?

a. post your question to a forum
b. search with google
c. post your question to a Q&A site
d. ask your friends or colleagues

2. Which of these is true?
a. Bob Dylan got the song “blowin’ in the wind” from a new jersey high school student.
b. Thieves hide under cars and will cut your ankles to steal from you.
c.  A house fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of a houseplant.
d. A teenage driver was killed by a dashboard Jesus statue.

3.  Which of these is a scam?

a.  Making money posting links on the internet through ordering a kit from google or yahoo.
b.  Buying an item off of ebay from a seller who will not accept an escrow payment.
c.  A relative claiming to have been mugged out of the country asks you to wire or money-gram them some money to help them get back home safely.
d.  You get an email saying you won a foreign lottery of some kind, and you’re entitled to a huge sum of cash if you just pay a certain processing fee.

4. Your computer is running slow.  What is the most likely cause of, and solution to this problem?

a.  Viruses, anti-virus scanner
b. Malware, malware remover
c. Malware and Viruses, anti-virus and malware software
d. Malware and Viruses, anti-virus and malware software and safe downloading habits

5.  How can you tell if a download or website is safe to visit?

a.  The download/page says it’s safe right on the page
b.  Your friends all downloaded it and they said its safe
c.   A real-time virus scanner says it’s safe
d.  The site hosting it has a reputation for distributing safe software

6. My bank sent me an email asking me to click a link and login, what should I do?

a. Click the link and login, after all it’s from the bank
b. Click the link and see if it looks ok to login
c. Do not click the link at all
d. Do not click the link at all, and call the bank to let them know

7. I just joined Facebook, and I want to post my status updates or place updates.  Who should I assume will be able to see them?

a. Just me
b. My friends and me
c. Friends of my friends, my friends, and me
d. Everyone on the internet, including the people I hate most in the world

8. My home wireless quit working all of a sudden.  What should I do?

a. Unplug everything, wait 2 minutes, and plug it back in
b. Call the cable company
c. Search google
d. Call a tech-savvy friend/etc.

9. Which of these is the most reliable way to tell if your internet connection is working?

a. clear your cache and try surfing to google.com
b. try surfing to any website
c. clear your cache and try to do a google.com search
d. try surfing to ipchicken.com

10.  I think I bought something incorrectly with my credit card on the internet.  What should I do?

a. call the credit card company immediately and tell them the details
b. call the credit card company within 60 days and report a chargeback
c. e-mail the website that charged you
d. call the website that charged you

11.  My friend sent me a cool link and said to “check it out”.  They didn’t say what the link was, just to click on it.  What should I do?

a. click it and see what it is
b. ask your friend what it is first, then click on it
c. ask your friend what it is first, then google for the subject instead of clicking on your friends’ link
d. check with your friend to see if they had problems with the link first, then click on it

Answer key:

0-B.  According to the COPPA 1998 (http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm) if you are under 13 (12 and lower), you are a “child” and your rights to have info on you collected by sites on the internet are severely restricted for your own protection.  This means using forums, etc. will likely be off limits to you on your own, sorry!
1-B. Anything else will get you referred to google anyhow, so save yourself the trouble and use google first. Sure, you can use another search engine, just search first.

2-C.  Only one of these is true.  You can solve this by using 1-B and being careful what sources you use, a critical skill for internet licensees is being able to identify a good source of facts vs. a source of misinformation.

3-all.  They are all scams.  If you thought even one was not a scam, even though the question implies one might not be a scam, then you could easily be scammed and shouldn’t operate the Internet by yourself.  This is serious business — if someone tells you something is not a scam, as this question implied, that is the surest sign that everything there is in fact a scam.

4-D.  Anti-virus and anti-malware software will help, but bad downloading habits are why you have those things in the first place.  The vast majority of viruses and malware come from either ‘wares’ sites or adult sites.  Don’t download from these or from friends who may use these sites and you will be much less likely to experience an infection.

5-D.  Anti-virus scanners are helpful, but they do not always detect either malware or the most current viruses.  You should use those as well, but above and beyond that, you can start off on the right foot by selecting a safe download location.  A website with a reputation to protect has to proactively scan anything it hosts, or else it could lose tons of business.  Antivirus companies don’t lose any money if you get infected because their EULA says they’re not liable if your machine gets messed up with a virus.  However, a company that knowingly could be hosting virus-laden software may be liable for something like that, and even if they’re not, the bad press alone from distributing a virus would crush their profits.  Always download from large reputable sites such as CNET and use anything P2P or ‘wares’ hosting AT YOUR OWN RISK.

6-D.  First, do not click links from emails asking you to login.  Always type in the URL for any secure login, and be sure that your browser reports the link as https, with no errors, and that the site is showing as the legit bank site (i.e. the site is chase.com for chase bank and not chase.com.somescammersite.ru or something like that).  If you get something like this, call your bank directly at the number on the back of your bank card and tell them about it.  They have a lot riding on safety of transactions and something like that email is not safe.

7-D.  The default facebook privacy settings for anything, applications, dates, events, messages, etc. may be seen by everyone.  If you have any doubt, BEFORE you post something double-check the settings for that type of item and who will be able to see it.  Keep in mind that unless you specify otherwise, your friends will be able to tag you in pictures that they post without your permission, meaning if they got a bad picture of you and they post it, they could identify you in that picture to everyone from their page.  This is why it pays to know who your friends are and what you are sharing on facebook… and assume that everyone can see whatever you post.  Do not put anything there you wouldn’t want everyone to be able to see, just in case.

8-A.  The cable company and your friend will tell you to do this first, and if you do this first and it doesn’t work, then you have a more serious problem.  You can’t search google because you have no internet.

9-C.  Google.com will work if your internet connection is working.  However, if your cache is not cleared and google.com is your default home page, it may show up even if you clear your cache (you may not have cleared it correctly).  Try to do a google search.  If the results do not come back, then the internet may be down. Google is very, very rarely actually down.  You can try other sites, but I would try google first, because other sites are way more likely to be down than google.  Microsoft.com and other big sites regularly block ping attempts, so a ping may fail and yet your internet connection may be fine.

10-A.  Get in touch with the credit card company ASAP and give them the honest details of what happened.  If you wait too long, especially past a billing cycle, the credit card company will find it harder to cancel or to do a chargeback.  Fraudulent websites will do whatever it takes to keep your money, so emailing or calling them will probably result in no refund and/or more bad charges because now they know that your card is active.  They’ll just stall and keep charging you. Get the credit card company on them and don’t use that website again, and seriously consider getting a new card number.

11-C.  Your friend may not have had problems from the link, but then again, your friend may not be able to tell if they had problems yet.  You should never click on a link that just says “check it out” or basically any link in an email.  When in doubt, google for the subject of the link and see if you can find a legitimate link.  Google will quickly confirm if the link subject usually means trouble/spam/malware/viruses, which it very well could as this is a common means of spreading infected software.

Posted by: devinmoore | July 16, 2010

How to make a trillion dollars

1. Save every penny working multiple crappy jobs until you have enough to go in on a franchise.

2. Reinvest every dime from that into additional paying investments.

3. With each investment, expand your income and purchase more investments.  Live as frugally as possible during this time.

4. At 1 million, start purchasing riskier, higher-profit ventures like oil futures.

5. At 10 million, begin purchasing real estate and creating high-profile rental and lease properties.

6. At 100 million, invest in solar and wind power, and with government subsidies you will become a billionaire.

7. At 1 billion, purchase vast swaths of low-risk, solid return investments globally at millions of dollars each.

8. At 100 billion dollars.  create your own bank, and leverage the open market through easy-access credit loans during tough economic times to generate a personal fortune of 1 trillion dollars.

Posted by: devinmoore | June 9, 2010

Interacting with Illogical People

Life gets a lot easier when you understand two very important rules:

1. A large percentage of the population operates their lives outside of the world of logic.

2. No one operating outside of the world of logic is capable of understanding a logical argument in any context whatsoever.

Is this a harsh, cynical analysis?  Perhaps.  But this analysis also does an important service to those of us who are logical.  These two rules allow the logical people in our population to avoid repetitive, unproductive, and always futile arguments or disagreements with those who cannot understand a logical argument.

To understand how this works, you have to look at what a logical argument might look like, and how an illogical person might respond to the same stimuli that presuppose the logical argument.  Immediately the logical mind will experience cognitive dissonance based on the illogical person’s choice of action.

Suppose that a glass of milk spills on the kitchen floor.  There is a paper towel roll nearby.  The logical person goes for the paper towels and mops up the spill.  The illogical person does something else requiring much more effort, and has an explanation for not using the paper towels that doesn’t make sense to the logical person.  Therefore, the logical person can now be relatively certain they are talking with an illogical person.

The certainty with which one can be sure they are dealing with an illogical person is based on the severity of the cognitive dissonance experienced by the logical person when encountering this type of situation. In other words, the more illogical the choice seems to be, the more certain you can be that you’re dealing with a person who exists outside of the world of logic.

Logical people might try to prescribe a logical basis to an illogical person’s decision making process.  This is a mistake.  There is not going to be a logical basis, that’s what makes them illogical.  For example, an illogical female politician might appear to be campaigning against women’s rights.  In this case, the logical person finds cognitive dissonance there, but to the illogical person this is just a strong woman making a stand.  Illogical people can’t see the conflict, and no logical explanation will clarify it for them.

Precious few public individuals advance examples of illogical decisions, but the political figure Sarah Palin has advanced one such relatively recent example.  Note that as a part of this illustration, I need not take umbrage with her politics at all.  She was asked where she gets her news sources, and her answer caused cognitive dissonance for a large percentage of the population who expected a logical answer.  As soon as that happened, I knew that I would not be able to prescribe logic to anything she said, and then she was much easier to understand.

So what do you do if you need to interact with an illogical person on a regular basis?  How can you talk to them so that they understand what you are saying, what you mean, and what you may need?  I will attempt to answer these questions with future blog posts, but basically you will need to use non-logical arguments.  I will review how to use emotional pleas instead of literal explanations in order to relate to those of us who by no fault of their own are unable to use logic in their lives.

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